Leeds City Councillor, Javaid Akhtar, Condemns the Violence in the Gaza Strip

20 Nov 2012

Leeds City Councillor, Javaid Akhtar, Calls on the Leeds Community to Condemn the Violence in the Gaza Strip and Lobby for Peace.

GMB Yorkshire Professional Drivers’ branch secretary, Councillor Javaid Akhtar, is arranging a meeting with community leaders and politicians at the Civic Hall in Leeds in order to generate a Leeds movement for peace in the Middle East.

Councillor Akhtar said: “Leeds can play its part in the peace process, every life lost, be it Palestinian or Israeli is a human life, a precious life. I intend to get thousands of signatures from the citizens of Leeds calling for talks instead of killing. Leeds is an international city, our people can play their part in keeping pressure on the people making the decisions to bomb and kill.”

More than 100 people have been killed in the Gaza in the last few days as Israeli forces continue their bombardment, the dead include children and the killing is expected to continue.

Councillor Akhtar continued: “We must bring international pressure to bear and stop an invasion of Palestine; I call on both sides to refrain from violence.  I am extremely concerned at the inhumane and grossly over reaction by the Israeli forces, nine innocent children were killed at the weekend, nothing can justify that. The people of Leeds should lobby their MPs and councillors asking them to use Leeds as a force for peace.

The details of the Civic Hall meeting are as follows; Friday, 23rd November 2012 at 5.30pm. All Leeds Councillors invited, MPs (Hilary Benn MP confirmed) Community Leaders from around the city.  For further comment contact Councillors Akhtar 077830243149; Gerry Harper 0779077757; Ron Graham 07742533785 or Asghar Khan 07761230027.